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Pope John Xxiii Stresses Jewish Devotion to Bible in Vatican Speech

Pope John XXIII voiced very high praise for the religious values of the Old Testament yesterday, in an address at the Vatican to the Italian Biblical Association.

“Man awaits and listens to the Word of God,” said the Pontiff, “with the same devotion with which the Jewish people received the reading of the Holy Book, given to them by Ezra after the fortunate return of the people from captivity in Babylon. Beloved sons, you will find therein everything that refers to the teaching and to the worship of the Divine Book.”